Category: Science

Irwin Jacobs: Research Universities, Industry and Innovation

8232Irwin Jacobs – hotel magnate?

Had he listened to a high school counselor who said there was no future in science and that he should pursue the hotel business at Cornell, Irwin Jacobs’ career could have taken a whole other track. Fortunately for the world of technology, Jacobs was drawn back to engineering.

In this presentation of the Herb York Memorial Lecture Series, Jacobs recounts stories about life before and after Qualcomm — from his relocation to San Diego from MIT, to the tumultuous student life here at UC San Diego in the ’60’s, to the shift from academic life to the business realm and the development of Linkabit and Qualcomm.

The Co-Founder of Qualcomm provides insight into the role UC San Diego played in enabling him and his colleagues to build one of the largest information technology companies in the world. Dr. Jacobs is the featured speaker in this presentation by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California.

Watch Research Universities, Industry and Innovation with Irwin Jacobs — Herb York Memorial Lecture 2014.

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Saturday Science at The Scripps Research Institute

8232Saturday Science at Scripps Research brings the excitement of research and the passion of The Scripps Research Institutes’ scientists and researchers to middle and high school students in Southern California. Every lecture highlights the cutting-edge research occurring at The Scripps Research Institute and provides a window into the life of a scientist.

In the first program, Sandra Encalada describes her work that interfaces the fields of cell biology, genetics and biochemistry in understanding the role of cellular motor-based transport in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Watch Saturday Science at The Scripps Research Institute.

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Understanding and Protecting the Planet, Enriching Human Life and Society — UC San Diego Founders Symposium 2014

8232This annual celebration of UC San Diego’s founding in 1960 highlights guest speakers showcasing the knowledge and innovation originating on this dynamic campus.

Areas of research cover various topics, from air quality and the environment, economics of energy costs and climate change, to personalized cancer treatment and big data.

The 2014 Founders Symposium features top UC San Diego faculty presenting their latest research, including:

Matthew Alford of Scripps Institution of Oceanography on “Chasing Waves: Measuring Skyscraper-High Waves Beneath the Sea and Their Importance for Submarines, Coastal Ecosystems and Climate

Eugene Pawlak from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on “Turbulence: Chicken Soup for the Coral Reef Soul

Economist Richard Carson on “China: Consumption, CO2 and Climate Change

Dr. Razelle Kurzrock of the Moores Cancer Center on “Personalized Cancer Therapy: Promise and Challenge

William Griswold of Computer Science and Engineering on “Pervasive Air-Quality Monitoring via the Crowd

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, associate dean for Informatics and Technology on “Big Data: What it Means To You

Watch this program online or browse more programs from The UC San Diego Founders’ Symposium.

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Profiles in Discovery: Nick Spitzer – The Ever-Changing Brain: From Embryo To Adult

8232Early neurological dogma was that a brain’s neurons were hardwired to be only one type of signaling molecule and nothing else. Turns out, this belief was wrong. Nick Spitzer, UC San Diego professor and director of the UCSD Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, proved that neurons could change from one type of transmitter to another. When the environment changes acutely, the brain changes also.

How the embryonic nervous system is assembled and the adult brain is modified depend on both genes and the environment – experiences such as learning and memory that can radically change the brain’s wiring or neuronal function. Professor Spitzer discusses his studies that have provided a new look at how neuronal wiring is assembled in the developing brain and the impact that environment has on continually shaping the brain later in life.

Tune in to this presentation of Profiles in Discovery: The Ever Changing Brain – From Embryo to Adult, with Nick Spitzer on UCTV.

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The Domestication of Animals and Human Evolution

8232What can the changes that made cuddly pets from steely predators tell us about ourselves? What do differences such as pointy ears or floppy ears, a long snout or a short one, a protruding jaw or a child-like face, or the timing and pace of brain development tell us?

These are just a few of the characteristics that a convergence of views in the study of animal domestication may tell us about our own evolution as a species in the more distant past. Specifically, it has been suggested that a number of the unique anatomical, neural, developmental, social, cognitive and communicative traits that define our species may be attributable to selection for lack of aggression and to a process of self-domestication.

Join another fascinating exploration of ourselves as this symposium brings together researchers from a variety of research backgrounds to examine these concepts and to elucidate further the possible role of domestication in human evolution.

Watch CARTA – Domestication and Human Evolution.

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